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Program Faculty (NIH-Sponsored Post-doc)


The 43 Program Faculty (from 13 Departments and 5 Schools/Colleges) have a broad spectrum of research interests in Nephrology, ranging from studies at the molecular level to those involving the quality and costs of patient care. Most of the faculty have substantial training records, and all faculty have adequate facilities and resources to support the research programs of their respective trainees. Expertise is available from the Program Faculty to provide outstanding guidance and mentoring to M.D. trainees in either a Basic Science or Bioengineering Track, or a Clinical Investigation and Epidemiology Track. In addition, expertise is present among the program Faculty to provide mentoring to Ph.D. trainees interested in additional basic science research or biomedical engineering training. Given the considerable scientific collaboration among the various members of the Program Faculty, there are also outstanding opportunities for individual trainees to gain research experience in more than one research setting during their training experience, depending on the goals of their research program. The current Program Faculty and their research interests are listed below. All of the Program Faculty listed are potential research mentors for trainees.

Basic Science Track

Lawrence B. Holzman, M.D.
Assoc. Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
Nephrology Fellowship Training Program Director

Podocyte Biology, Signal Transduction Biochemistry (JNK pathway)

D. Keith Bishop, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Surgery
(Professor, Department of Microbiology/Immunology)


Patrick D. Brophy, M.D.
Asst. Professor, Pediatric Nephrology

Kidney Development

Frank C. Brosius III, M.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
(Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology)
Glucose transporters in diabetic nephropathy or hypertension
Sally A. Camper, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Genetics
(Professor, Int. Med. – Medical Genetics)
(Director, Michigan Transgenic Mouse Core)
Transcriptional regulation of pituitary development using transgenic mouse approach
Christin Carter-Su, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Assoc. Director and Chief, Biomedical Research Division, Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center
Signal transduction biochemistry (JAK-STAT signaling), Growth hormone dependent signaling in diabetes and growth
Gregory R. Dressler, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Pathology
(Co-Director, Center for Organogenesis)
Kidney development
Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Neurology
Diabetic neuropathy and molecular signaling
David Ginsburg, Ph.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Medical Genetics and Human Genetics
(Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Genetics of coagulation system
Kun-Liang Guan, Ph.D.
Professor, Biological Chemistry
Signal transduction pathways involved in cell growth regulation, cancer biology, and neurobiology
Friedhelm Hildebrandt, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics
(Professor, Human Genetics)
Molecular genetics of renal cystic diseases and glomerular disease
Lori L. Isom, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Pharmacology
Signal transduction and the intercellular junction
David Kershaw, M.D.
Assoc. Professor, Pediatrics
Podocyte Biology
Ronald J. Koenig, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Endocrinology and Metabolism
Regulation of gene expression by nuclear hormone receptors
Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D.
Endowed Professor, Pathology
(Assoc. Dean, Rackham Graduate School)
Cytokine networks that are operative in different immune/inflammatory reactions
John B. Lowe, M.D.
Professor, Pathology
(Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.; Professor, Int. Med.)
Biology of cell surface glycans in mammals
Benjamin Margolis, M.D.
Professor, Int. Med. - Nephrology and Biological Chemistry
(Assoc. Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Cell biology and biochemistry of epithelial cell polarity and tight junction formation
Gabriel Nuñez, M.D.
Professor, Pathology
Signal transduction in apoptosis & innate immunity
Bruce C. Richardson, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Rheumatology
Chromatin structure in autoimmunity (SLE)
James A. Shayman, M.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
(Professor, Pharmacology)
Sphingolipid biochemistry and function
David E. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmocology of the renal peptide transport system
William L. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Biological Chemistry
Structural enzymology of cyclooxygenases (COX)-1 and -2 and the regulation of COX gene expression
William E. Smoyer, M.D.
Assoc. Professor, Pediatrics
Podocyte biology
Kristen J. Verhey, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell biology and biochemistry of motor proteins
Peter A. Ward, M.D.
Professor, Pathology
Regulation of the inflammatory response
Joel M. Weinberg, M.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
Cellular pathophysiology of acute renal failure
Stephen J. Weiss, M.D.
Upjohn Professor of Medicine and Oncology; Professor, Int. Med.
(Chief, Molecular Medicine and Genetics)
Extracellular matrix remodeling
Deneen M. Wellik, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Int. Med. – Molecular Medicine and Genetics
(Asst. Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology)

Kidney Development

Roger C. Wiggins, M.B., B.Chir.
Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology

Podocyte biology

Bioengineering Track

H. David Humes, M.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology

Tissue engineering and renal replacement technology (artificial kidney development)

Matthew O’Donnell, Ph.D.
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Bioengineering to explore new catheter arrays and signal processing methods for ultrasound guidance of intraluminal interventions

Clinical Investigation and Epidemiology Track

Crystal A. Gadegbeku, M.D.
Asst. Professor, Int. Med.– Nephrology
Vascular physiology in humans, neuroadrenergic mechanism of hypertension
Rodney A. Hayward, M.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – General Medicine
Professor, Health Management & Policy
Director, VA Health Services Research & Development
Health care delivery systems to support better population-based care for diabetes
Kenneth A. Jamerson, M.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Cardiology, Hypertension
Kidney disease and hypertension in the African-American population
Alan B. Leichtman, M.D.
Assoc. Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
Clinical pharmacology of immunosuppresants
Epidemiology and outcomes research in transplant population
Robert M. Merion, M.D.
Professor, Surgery
Epidemiology and outcomes research in transplant population
Medical informatics
Akinlolu O. Ojo, M.D., Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
Multi-center clinical trials to study hypertension, ESRD, and access to kidney transplantation and allograft survival in minority patients with ESRD
Rajiv Saran, M.B.B.S, M.D., D.T.C.D., M.R.C.P.
Asst. Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
Outcomes research on cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease
Richard D. Swartz, M.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
Delivery of renal replacement therapy (RRT) and outcome in acute renal failure (ARF)
William F. Weitzel III, M.D.
Asst. Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
Bioengineering and clinical investigation of dialysis access surveillance techniques
Robert A. Wolfe, Ph.D.
Professor, Biostatistics

Biostatistics and outcomes research in kidney disease

Eric W. Young, M.D.
Professor, Int. Med. – Nephrology
Chief of Staff, Ann Arbor VA Health System

Epidemiologic and clinical aspects of chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease.


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